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Friday, March 22, 2019

World Water Day

World Water Day helps bring attention to the importance as well as lack  of sustainable management of freshwater resources as well as the importance of how we can take action to address the issues. UN-Water is a group that coordinates the United Nations work on sanitation and water. In addition, they set a theme for the day to celebrated each year.

Water is an essential resource that is needed for survival. A critical element in the economic, social and human development fields. While water is a needed resource there are many issues such as scarcity and pollution that makes it hard to retain. Individuals around the world deal with contaminated water or struggling to find a near by quality source. In the world today, there are more than 2 billion people that do not have safe water at home and more than 660 million people do not have a near by source of water. All though it may seem those that live in rural areas would suffer with the problem more those that have had to flee homes because of uncontrolled factors deal with the issue as well. 
The goal is to have water for all by 2030. To reach this goal seems a bit difficult. There are billions of people that are still living without safe water. It seemed that there were several times when I was growing up that the pipes would freeze and we would not have fresh water in the house to use til the pipes thawed out. While, those times were rough it is nothing compared to those that do not have a ready source to fresh water. 

Most of us have learned to rely on the fact that when we turn the tap on that we will get water for drinking, cooking and bathing. But do you know how much water you use?? Learning how to reduce your water usage can help to reduce your water consumption as well as your water bill Consider the fact that the earth is covered with water but very little of it is available for use by humans. Population, pollution and seasons puts an even tighter grip on the available amount of useful water. Perhaps these tips to help you reduce your water usage will help. 
  • Older shower heads use more water around 5 gallons per minute compared to the newer shower heads that use 2.5 gallons per minute for a newer one
  • Take a shower rather than a bath. Filling the tub may take around 36 gallons of water showers often take less In addition while shaving, brushing your teeth or washing your face use the on off on motion of water to save a few gallons of water from running down the drain. 
  • replace your old toilet with a low-flow one. The newer version will save several gallons of water leading to  money savings on your water bill. 
  • Fix any faucet, shower head, or pipe leaks a.s.a.p A leak that is one drip per second wastes over 1,600 gallon of water and $35 annually

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